Maldives' new elections chief reveals first order of business

Maldives' new electoral watchdog chief Ahmed Shareef Adam on Tuesday revealed that the first order of business would be to amend the elections Act of the archipelago.

Speaking to reporters for the first time after his appointment, Shareef assured that the elections commission would execute its mandate more swiftly than before revealing that it would look to amend the elections Act of which the details would be made public next week.

He however, did not reveal details of the amendments but said it has now been shared with the Attorney General's (AG) office.

"Once the amendments are endorsed by the AG office, we will duly share it with the media," Shareef said.

The announcement comes weeks after the elections commission had announced that this year's presidential elections has been scheduled for September.

Hours after the government controlled parliament rubber-stamped approval of Shareef, chief of the government owned utility company Fenaka corporation, president Yameen had sworn him in to the elections commission.

Shareef who has publicly supported president Yameen's re-election campaign was voted in by the remaining four members as their new chief hours after his official appointment.

The parliament with only the ruling coalition lawmakers in attendance had approved Shareef after the opposition lawmakers continued the boycott on parliament sittings.

Shareef replaces the former elections chief Ahmed Sulaiman who had resigned but has now been appointed the national integrity commission.

The controversial new elections commission member would cast further doubts on the possibility of a free and fair presidential elections expected later this year.